Mental Health Services

  • Call or text 9-8-8 and get immediately connected to help 24 hours a day.

    PUSD's Student Wellness and Support Services houses two unique internal mental health departments dedicated to providing mental health services to our student community. PUSD Mental Health Services and THRIVE: School Mental Health aim to provide a spectrum of comprehensive, integrated, culturally sensitive services that support the academic achievements of PUSD students by addressing mental, social, and emotional barriers. Learn more about both further down the page.

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    With the launch of the new nationwide Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, anyone can call or text 9-8-8 and get immediately connected to help 24 hours a day. Callers and texters will speak with trained counselors who will find the least invasive, most relevant, and most effective care plan for their crisis. If you have questions about the lifeline, visit today. 

PUSD Mental Health Services

  • Erica Villalpando, LCSW

    Manager, PUSD Mental Health Services

    1520 N. Raymond Avenue Bldg 7

    Pasadena, CA 91103 

    (626) 396-5920 x 10998

  • Services Provided

    • Individual therapy provided at school, community, phone, or virtual
    • Family therapy
    • Collateral parent / caregiver sessions
    • Targeted case management
    • Crisis intervention
    • Community outreach services
    • Prevention and early intervention services
    • Medication support
    • Behavioral support


    • Children and adolescents 5-21 years of age enrolled in PUSD and/or living in the Pasadena area
    • Must have Medi-Cal Insurance

    How to Refer

    • Contact Erica Villalpando, Manager of PUSD Mental Health Services at (626) 396-5920 or

THRIVE: School Mental Health

  • Lara Choulakian, LCSW

    Manager, THRIVE: School Mental Health

    351 S. Hudson Avenue Room 208

    Pasadena, CA 91109 

    (626) 396-3600 x 88233

  • Services Provided

    • Individual, group, and family therapy
    • Attendance support
    • Intensive case management
    • Crisis intervention services
    • District-wide mental health crisis planning, training, and support
    • School emotional support to school sites
    • Linking to community resources and agencies
    • Clinical expertise and knowledge during IEP and SST meetings, as requested


    • No Insurance (Uninsured)
    • Private Insurance

    How to Refer

    • Contact Lara Choulakian, Manager of THRIVE: School Mental Health at (626) 396-3600 x 88233 or at

  • Social Work Intern Program

    Student Wellness and Support Services Mental Health Department works in partnership with Master of Social Work (MSW) and Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) interns from USC, APU, George Mason University, CSULA, CSUN, and CSULB. MSW Interns receive supervised training involving individual, group, and family therapy, intake assessment, attendance support, intensive case management, and crisis intervention. In addition, interns receive training in program development, outreach skills, and various specialized therapeutic skills involving students.

    2023-24 MSW Interns

    PUSD MHS: Stephanie Poore, Narineh Baboomian, Janet Toxqui, Nayely Martinez, Kimberly Mendez-Cedillos, Samuel Gelerman, Marisol Espino

    THRIVE: Junjia Gu, Isabela Galvez, Ryan Witherspoon, Corinne Wadley, Nelson Mejia-Gonzalez, Christina Reynolds, Tammy Han, Anna Eliza Pastor

    2023-24 BASW Intern

    PUSD MHS: Nicole Dawang



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